Climate Week NYC Panelists Discuss Climate-Smart Alternatives for Food Service, Consumers
PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — As shoppers look to improve their environmental footprint and businesses work to reduce their Scope 3 emissions, Neutral Foods, the nation’s first carbon neutral food company, reminds individuals and companies alike that simple swaps to everyday food ingredients can make a big impact.
At Climate Week NYC this week, Neutral teamed up with one of its food service partners, Shake Shack, and with award-winning journalists Helena Bottemiller Evich and Muhammad Lila, to discuss how replacing milk with a carbon neutral alternative really “moo-ves” the needle on sustainability. A link to a full recording of the webinar is here.
“With greenhouse gas emissions at an all-time high, dairy farming is the right place to start as cattle and the crops needed to feed them dominate agricultural emissions,” said Jim Jarman, vice president of product and commercialization, Neutral Foods. “That’s why we started with a basic idea: what if something as simple as a daily glass of milk could help solve our climate crisis? When we present viable options, business and consumers can contribute to radically reducing carbon emissions that pollute the atmosphere and cause it to trap heat, making our planet considerably hotter over time.”
Neutral currently offers organic whole and 2% carbon neutral milk at more than 2,000 stores from coast to coast. It also provides carbon neutral milk to food service partners, including Shake Shack, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Gregorys Coffee which is now using Neutral milk in all its New York City-area locations.
“Nothing about switching over to carbon neutral milk disrupted our supply chain, it was truly a simple swap that made a lot of sense, ” said Corey Blumenthal, sustainability specialist, Shake Shack. “We can’t help solve the climate crisis by asking everyone to give up the foods they love like milkshakes and burgers, but we can source ingredients in a climate-friendly way that helps to reduce emissions.”
Neutral Foods, the first carbon neutral food company in the United States, backed by Bill Gates founded Breakthrough Energy Ventures, offers carbon neutral dairy products nationwide. The company is on a mission to radically reduce global emissions produced by agriculture and the food system. Started in 2019 in Portland, Oregon, Neutral is a national brand that works directly with farmers to reduce the carbon footprint of dairy products – for good. Neutral has organic and conventional carbon neutral dairy solutions, including whole milk, 2%, and half-and-half. They are available at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Target on the West Coast, The Fresh Market, Giant Eagle, Misfits, Fresh Direct, and several regional and local chains and independent grocers. Additional Neutral investors are Mark Cuban and David Adelman’s Darco Capital, which led a celebrity round of investors, including LeBron James, John Legend, and Questlove.
SOURCE Neutral Foods